Friday WHO meeting to specify new variant B.1.1.529.

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A street hawker sits next to a product after it was announced that flights from South Africa were banned in the United Kingdom after a new variant of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was detected in Soweto, South Africa in November. View mobile phones on 26th, 2021. REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko

November 26, 2021

Geneva (Reuters) – The World Health Organization is convening an expert meeting from Geneva at noon (1100 GMT) on Friday to evaluate the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529 amid growing concerns. WHO spokeswoman Christian Lindmeier said.

“WHO is convening a meeting … to better understand the timeline of ongoing research and decide whether to designate this variant as a mutant of interest or concern.” He said.

Nearly 100 sequences of variants have been reported, and early analysis has shown that there are “many mutations” that require further study, Lindmeier said. He added that WHO has not so far commented on travel bans imposed by several authorities on countries in southern Africa related to the subspecies.

(Report by Stephanie Nebehay; edited by Alison Williams)

Friday WHO meeting to specify new variant B.1.1.529

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